Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Santa Barbara supes consider housing lease for homeless in Santa Maria | Santa Barbara County

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will consider a lease to create temporary interim housing for homeless residents in Santa Maria. 

The proposed location is a vacant county-owned land in Santa Maria, and the project involves the construction of 94 cabins to house individuals or couples until they can move into permanent housing. The cabins will be divided into three categories: 54 for chronically homeless individuals and couples, 10 for transitional age youth, and 30 for recuperative/respite care. 

The project is a public-private collaboration involving Good Samaritan Shelters, Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley, Dignity Health’s Marian Regional Medical Center, DignityMoves, community philanthropy, and the county. The estimated cost to create Hope Village is $5 million, and it will be operated annually at $1.5 million, with funding available for three years. 

The meeting to discuss the item will take place in Santa Barbara, and testimony can be made in person or remotely. Source: Noozhawk

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